When Law Meets Life: Talmudic Women Getting the Last Word

Date: Nov 08, 2017 - Nov 15, 2017

Time: noon - 1 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Community Courses Online Learning

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Many times in the Talmud, stated laws are followed by stories in which the practice of talmudic rabbis and their families doesn’t actually match up with the laws as given. We will explore a selection of these passages where women introduce modifications to the laws, and ask what they can teach us about how “law on the books” can be adjusted over time in response to real-life circumstances.

Three Wednesdays
November 8, 15, and 29, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Rabbi Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor Emerita of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at JTS. Her research focuses on tracing the history of the text of the Talmud and teasing women’s history out of rabbinic texts. Her volume, Rereading the Rabbis, A Woman’s Voice has been called a founding work of the new Jewish feminism. In 2004, she started Ohel Ayalah, a free, walk-in High Holiday service for Jews in their 20s and 30s.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at lyfeinman@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8821.